David Leask’s assertion below:
reminds me of the time when a journalism teacher told me that journalists were ‘cognitive misers’ as if that made lack of proper background research somehow OK.
Around the same time the editor of Reporting Scotland stunned me by suggesting that it was all ‘very well for academics’ with the time to fully research a topic.
Leask’s claim above, is to my knowledge, NOT supported by any research.
Of course, even if it were to be shown to be accurate, that would not prove his headline claim that our Europeanism is somehow only skin-deep and, by implication, the SNP’s ‘pro-Europe credentials’ are only tactical and, based on the above assessment, insecure.
Like many in the media, Leask misses the role of that same media in constructing the world he thinks he only observes, objectively. If there is, as his source claims, a ‘lacklustre’ debate on the EU in Scotland’s public sphere, might that be because the MSM pays little attention to the EU and so offers to the wider public a lacklustre debate in which to engage.
We have seen only, as ‘Brexit getting done’, has come to dominate political debate across both major parties, a narrow, polarised, squabble over trade regulations. The BBC, in particular, dare not engage with what is good and happening in the EU for fear of being accused by this government of undermining Brexit.
As for Leask’s source claiming:
Leaving aside the limits of devolution, the First Minister has spoken in Europe several times only to have her speeches ignored by the MSM or briefly noted, based on opposition claims, as evidence of not getting on with the day job.
As for strategy, try this: https://www.gov.scot/publications/european-unions-strategic-agenda-2020-24-scotlands-perspective/pages/2/
Journalists are not celestial observers but participants right in the sh**t.